FT - West Ham Utd 1-0 Newcastle Utd


FT: West Ham United 1-0 Newcastle United

The corner is swung in from the left and, thankfully, there's a Hammers head at the near post to nod it clear. The hosts break through Zarate and though there's not to be a decisive second goal, it matters not as Mike Dean sounds the final whistle. It was fraught at times but West Ham have themselves their first win in four and three more precious points. For the Newcastle, the run is over. Thanks for joining us and we'll bring you all the reaction across our platforms in due course.  

90+3: Dear me. Sammy Ameobi wins and then takes a quick free-kick and suddenly it's pin-ball in the West Ham box. It's panic stations but West Ham eventually manage to get it clear, albeit only at the expense of a corner...      

90+2: West Ham have the chance to land the killer blow, as Downing is in on goal. But from an acute the angle, the England man drags it wide of the far post and Newcastle breathe again. Not long left now...  

90: There will be a minimum of four added minutes here, as Amalfitano wins a corner on the near side to eat up the first few seconds... As you might expect, West Ham try to keep it in the corner, but to no avail. The visitors break and with Adrian coming haring off his line, Cisse tries his luck from miles out but screws it well, well wide.

88: Zarate is fully involved at the moment and he draws a flying save from Elliot with a rasping left footed shot from the edge of the box.

87: Yet another yellow card and this time it's Zarate for a cynical tug on Perez on half way.

86: Zarate picks out Downing who is making a lung-busting run down the left. Carroll is waiting at the far post for the low cross, but there are two defenders in the way and it's smuggled out for a corner.

84: West Ham make another change, Kevin Nolan is on for Cheikhou Kouyate.

83: Zarate is hard to nudge off the ball and he gets the better of Colback before crossing left footed, but it is cut out at the near post.

81: Almost. Zarate looks up and sees Carroll making a run around the far post. Elliot waits for the ball to come to him and it's the right decision just, as he hangs on under pressure from the No9.

78: The yellow card is coming out like confetti now and Amalfitano is the latest to incur referee Dean's wrath as he chops Haidara down.

76: Red card to Newcastle. Sissoko gets booked twice in less than a minute - and his boss will not be pleased with that first one for dissent now. Carroll looks to turn in midfield and is pushed by Sissoko. The second yellow comes out and that;s the end of his game.

75: Sissoko fouls Tomkins and reacts to the referee's whistle by leathering the ball down the pitch. No surprise he's the fifth player into the book, then.

74: Noble clips the corner up and Elliot doesn't look comfortable. The ball misses everyone, and Collins' arm across the keeper means it's a free kick to the visitors.

73: It's West Ham's turn to press and they have a corner after Jenkinson's cross is blocked behind. Meanwhile, Taylor is on for Newcastle's Janmaat.

72: Carroll is booked as he stands in the way of Elliot's clearance. Two bookings apiece now.

70: West Ham make their first change of the afternoon and it's Matt Jarvis who is heading over to the touchline. Mauro Zarate is his replacement.

68: Newcastle attack again and win a corner as Haidara tries to take it beyond Jenkinson. The full back does well to shepherd it away and the Hammers clear the corner.

67: Colback and Cisse move the ball short for Ameobi to strike, but it's a wayward shot and Adrian doesn't have to worry about that one.

66: Free kick to Newcastle 25 yards out and it's a yellow card for Mark Noble too, as he pulls at Cabella's shirt as he ran towards the area.

62: The Magpies respond by making a double change. Cisse and Cabella are on for Tiote and Gouffran.

59: Newcastle have won their last six games in all competitions, but know they're in for a real battle now. Just what the game needed after that quiet opening period.

56: GOAL! Cresswell! West Ham lead and it's from an unlikely source in the left back. Downing spots Kouyate free in the middle and passes square to him. Kouyate takes on the shot from 25 yards and mis-hits it totally. However, Cresswell had continued his run from the back and the shot turns into an excellent through ball and the No3 steams in on the blind side and finishes coolly. 1-0!

54: Colback is the second Magpie to go into the referee's book as he tugged at Kouyate as the midfielder tried to get away from him. Collins lifts the free kick into the box, and as Carroll makes his presence felt, keeper Elliot comes flying out and doesn't deal with it. Corner West Ham, but Newcastle defend it well and Elliot breathes a sigh of relief.

52: Watchful work again from Cresswell as Perez makes tracks down the left and sends a low cross into a dangerous error. The No3 is there, though, to do the mopping up and ensure Newcastle don't profit from the move.

51: Free kick for the Hammers down the left. They work it short, but the eventual cross is overhit and doesn't give James Tomkins a chance at the far post. Throw to Newcastle.

48: Promising break for the Hammers as Collins intercepts a cross into the box and feeds the ball to Kouyate. He carries it 30 yards before passing to Downing out on the left. He cuts inside, opening a shooting chance on his right foot, but his effort lacks the right direction and the ball flies over the top.

46: No changes from either side as the second half begins. Carroll is flanked by Jarvis and Amalfitano up front, with Downing, Noble and Kouyate stationed behind.

4.01pm We're back underway for the second period. Come on you Irons!

HT: 0-0 and not too much to report in the way of goalmouth action. Neither side have taken control of this one yet and it's all to play for in the second period. Join us again in 15 minutes.

45+1: The final action of the half is an Aaron Cresswell volley from 30 yards. He doesn't catch it and a deflection takes the sting out of the ball, allowing Elliot to gather easily.

45: One minute of added time has been signalled.

44: Newcastle are starting to edge proceedings - just - and Ameobi shoots for goal from the edge of the area, but it' well off target. Still 0-0.

42: Appeals - from the crowd in the main - for a penalty as Andy Carroll thunders a shot against Williamson. It probably did strike him on the arm, but there was no way he could get out of the way and we play on.

40: That looks harsh on Matt Jarvis. He looked to have kept the ball in after tussling Janmaat for the ball as it ran away to the goalline. The No7 almost takes a trip into the crowd for his efforts, but they are to no avail as the officials award a goal kick.

38: Half a sighter for Perez as he gets across the near post to flick goalwards after Ameobi fed the ball into the box. He doesn't have much of an angle to work with, and Tomkins is applying pressure too, so there's little surprise that the ball flies into the side netting rather than troubling Adrian.

35: Tomkins is down in the Hammers penalty area, after he is caught by Andy Carroll's flying boot as the pair tried to clear a Janmaat cross. Tomkins beat the No9 to the ball and got a clatter for his efforts, but is fine to continue.

33: A moment of danger as the visitors break with two men. Collins is drawn across to Sissoko, allowing him to release Perez. Tomkins covers around to stop him in his tracks and avert the trouble.

31: As we pass the half hour mark, a look at the stats tells us that both sides have had just one attempt each. On target for the Hammers, off for Newcastle. We're shading possession so far, with 53% to Newcastle's 47%.

29: Cresswell is defending the far post flawlessly so far and he gets up to divert Ameobi's cross away from the lurking Gouffran. He does so well, in fact, that the ball does not even go out for a corner, but a throw in.

24: Cresswell does really well to control a pass back to him from Downing following his throw. It's at an awkward height, but he gets hold of it and whips in an interesting looking cross for Andy Carroll, but Dummett flicks the ball away before it can reach the No9.

21: Good work from Carl Jenkinson down in the far corner to hold Ameobi up as he looks to find the space to cross He can't quite get away from the right back and Jenkinson eventually wins a throw, with the help of Amalfitano.

19: Referee Mike Dean reaches into his notebook for the first time to caution Newcastle's Williamson as he ended Matt Jarvis' promising run down the left illegally.

17: Another prodigious leap from Carroll gets a Hammers attack going as he heads into his own half to beat Tiote in the area and give the ball to Amalfitano. He heads towards the box before passing to Downing. He finds the overlapping Cresswell, but his cross is blocked.

15: Good defending from Cresswell at the far post to get across Perez and clear Haidara's dangerous looking cross from danger. He had to be vigilant there.

14: Andy Carroll gets a shot away which Rob Elliot blocks at his near post. The flag had gone up some time before, however, so it wouldn't have counted in any case.

11: The Hammers have settled following that probing start from the Magpies, with most of the action in midfield for the last five minutes.

8: Andy Carroll gets up well to feed Matt Jarvis with a headed pass in the left channel. He checks back and passes to Downing, who shoots for goal right footed, but keeper Elliot is able to get down to save.

5; It has been a good start from the visitors and Ameobi hangs up a cross from the left, but Cresswell is there at the far post to chest calmly back to Adrian.

3: Half a chance for Newcastle's in form striker Perez as he collects a pass from Gouffran in the box, shifts away from Collins and shoots across the face of goal from a tight angle. West Ham won't want to be giving him space inside the box.

1: Stewart Downing leaves a pass short for Aaron Cresswell, allowing Yoan Gouffran to nip in and run down the right hand side. Matt Jarvis diligently tracks back, however, to nick the ball out for a throw in.

3pm Matt Jarvis and Stewart Downing get the game underway as Bubbles rings around the stadium.

2.59pm The formalutues are over, the Hammers will attack the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand in the first half.

2.56pm Mark Noble leads the Hammers out onto the pitch. It's nearly time for action!

2.48pm Here are some pre-match stats and facts to whet the appetite.

- Newcastle are the only team not to score a single goal in the opening 30 minutes of a Premier League game this season.

- West Ham are attempting to stop Newcastle from securing a sixth straight PL win for the first time since April 2012.

- Carlton Cole has scored in three of his previous four Barclays Premier League matches against Newcastle United.

2.15pm Mark Noble captains the Hammers today and makes his 205th Premier League appearance for the Club, taking him past Steve Potts' West Ham record.

Tony Carr MBE praises Noble in our video below.

2.05pm Three changes for the Hammers, who have Downing and Kouyate returning from injury. Matt Jarvis also comes in for his first start of the season. Winston Reid (suspended), Carlton Cole and Kevin Nolan are the men who drop out.

2pm Team news is in!

West Ham United: Adrian, Cresswell, Tomkins, Jarvis, Kouyate, Carroll, Downing, Noble (c), Jenkinson, Collins, Amalfitano
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Nolan, Zarate, Vaz Te, O'Brien, Demel, Cole

Newcastle United: Elliot, Williamson, Sissoko, Gouffran, Colback, Perez, Haidara, Janmaat, Tiote (c), Ameobi, Dummett
Subs: Alnwick, Anita, Cisse, Cabella, S.Taylor, Riviere, Armstrong

1.40pm We're 20 minutes away from teamsheets here at the Boleyn Ground.

Big Sam is hopeful of having Stewart Downing and Cheikhou Kouyate available for selection again this afternoon following injury, but doubts remain over Mark Noble, DIafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Alex Song.

We'll know who's made it very shortly!

Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of today's game against Newcastle United at the Boleyn Ground!

The Hammers entertain in form Newcastle looking to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat by Everton last weekend.

The Magpies are currently fifth in the Premier League table having taken 19 points from their eleven league games. After a slow start to their campaign, Alan Pardew's team have won their last six games, conceding just one goal in the process.

Sam Allardyce's men are just one place behind, sitting in sixth position with 18 points. After a great start to the season, the Hammers are looking for their first win in four games as their results haven't matched their performances of late.

Come kick-off, there will be several reunions as Alan Pardew returns to the Boleyn Ground, where he had an three year spell as boss, while Sam Allardyce and Kevin Nolan face their former employers. Andy Carroll could return, in what would be his first home start of the season, to face his former club.